Transition Stroud

This is a shared history blog. Together we can write the history of our process of transition as it happens.

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Was Kate Speaking the Language of Transition?

In spite of your political views about the royal wedding, it was difficult not to feel affectionate towards a couple who had used their special day to gain us all a day off work to celebrate, relax, and meet our neighbours. The building of community is a key transition requirement, as is working less, especially if your work involves harmful production or commuting.

But what about those trees? The effect as the bride walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey was spectacular and brought the inspiration of nature to the wedding that contrasted with the stuffiness of so many formal occasions. But was Kate trying to tell us more, with her choice of natural decorations? According to florist Shane Connolly she insisted that everything had to be British and the inspirational words were 'English, natural, seasonal, ethical'. The trees which made such an impact were six field maples, apparently to represent humility, and two native English hornbeams, the tree which stands for resilience.

I wonder how long the honeymoon destination will remain a secret. This may be the best clue to the green credentials of the royal couple. A week in Pembrokeshire would indicate their true commitment to the transition holiday; the traditional jet-fuelled fortnight in Mustique could only be a disappointment after the hopeful signs of the wedding flora.

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Friday, 29 April 2011

Celebration Spring

On Tuesday 26th April the Transition Stroud Textile Group ran a day to celebrate Spring. There were wonderful stalls with different textile things to try like peg weaving and hand machine sewing
knitting and rug knitting using old T shirts,

weaving and refurbishing old clothes and making wonderful new ones

and stalls with amazing gifts and gear made from .... well anything ...

and some teckie help

This was followed by the amazing Transhion Show (not forgetting home made tea and cakes). Thanks to the Textile Group for a wonderful day.

Blossom Picnic

I recently went to a picnic to enjoy the beautiful blossoms at Days Cottage - actually we missed the blossoms as they were the week before - I blame the wedding! It was a lovely day with lots of Transitioners there. I thought you might like to see a picture of James Beecher with Dave's new raven, 'Queenie'.